Winter Soldier January 31, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film and Television.
Winter Soldier consists of footage of testimony given by Vietnam veterans of the routine atrocities they observed and committed.
In 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War invited returning soldiers to go to Detroit and speak out about the war crimes they had committed and witnessed while stationed there. The Winter film collective realised the historical importance of the event and documented it, creating Winter Soldier. The documentary was barely seen by audiences until was finally released to American cinemas in 2005. Many choking back tears as they spoke, veterans (including former Presidential candidate John Kerry) revealed shocking and officially sanctioned participation in horrific war crimes and acts of violence including the destruction of entire villages, the torture and rape of civilians, as well as executions of POWs.
Harrowing, chilling, and ultimately tragic, it’s a portrayal of how easily the dark side of human nature can be brought out.
This is being shown in the IFI on the 1st , 2nd and 3rd of Feb.
All this Scandinavian drama, really good ? or is it the subtitles? January 21, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film and Television.
It was a while before the recent spate of Scandinavian television shows made their way to me. . . and then last Summer I was given a loan of the first season of The Killing (Forbrydelsen) and it was superb. The lead character Sarah Lund played by Sofie Gråbøl was just brilliant with her awkwardness, total dedication to her job at the cost of family and personal relationships. The characters, politics , twists and the especially the concentration on the victims family made the first series one of my favourite shows ever.
Season Two was excellent also and again Season 3 was brilliant too, although the ending divided people.
Then ‘The Bridge’ was watched over the Christmas. Again an excellent series with some wonderful characters and again it was the main female character Saga Norén that had me enthralled.
Have just finished watching the First series of Borgen and thought it was superb and cant wait to start catching up with season 2 (which I’ve recorded).
I’ve watched a few other foreign series such as the French one ‘Spiral’ too and again it was good. …..
….I cant help wondering though if the subtitles make the shows better. By that you have to give them 100% attention, you have to watch them, you cant be cooking or ironing or tweeting or the like at the same time in case you miss something. Which of course you can do with series in English. They take all your attention and you get totally engrossed.
RTE Christmas Show 1970 December 24, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film and Television.
A mix of gags and songs from the 1970 Christmas show. Actually not as bad as I thought it would be.
Fascist Barbarians October 28, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Communism, Film and Television, History.
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So I’m using part of the extra hour to watch a fantastic documentary narrated by Alexei Sayle called Fascist Barbarians about Soviet propaganda cartoons I spotted yesterday on Sky Arts. There’s another one that I haven’t watched yet called American Imperialists. I don’t know if there are more. I suspect but I’m not sure that they come from the DVD collection Animated Soviet Propaganda, of which there seems to be a lot on Youtube. Here’s a couple of examples picked at random (both of which are in the documentary)
The visual imagery is stunning, and you can’t beat a title like Fascist Jackboots Shall Not Trample Our Motherland. The cartoon images showing Moscow after the victory over the Nazis are particularly good, with the air defences turned into instruments of celebration. All in all great stuff.
EUscreen October 3, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film and Television.
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A pure treasure trove of Archive Television footage from around the EU. So not alone is there archived RTE material but lots of stuff from the BBC as well and of course lots of French, Danish , Italian, Spanish etc Material too http://www.euscreen.eu/index.html
A few that caught my eye
BBC in Ballyfermot 1968 Contraception – Catholic women give their views
“Coming Out, Being Seen, Making History” July 31, 2012Posted by Tomboktu in 1970s), Civil Rights, Film and Television, History, LGBT Rights.
From 1968 a Documentary “Brendan Behan’s Dublin” April 2, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film and Television.
From 1968, a Documentary about Dublin “Brendan Behan’s Dublin” , includes plenty of footage of Dublin back then. Needless to say plenty of footage from pubs and the Guinness brewery. The Behans house, The Zoo, Smithfield, The Abbey and lots more are covered too.
Mary McAleese Exemplifies the James Connolly Tradition of Ireland Meaning Nothing to Me without its People December 27, 2011Posted by Garibaldy in Film and Television.
Three guesses who said that on what can only be described as the stupidest TV show of this – or indeed any other – year.
“Brightly Ornamented Slovak Easter Eggs” -TV in 1975 July 14, 2011Posted by irishelectionliterature in Film and Television.
Tags: History, ireland, Irish History, television, tv
From September 1975, very different times in TV land than today. When many parts of the country had just one channel this was a typical weeks viewing pleasure.
The earliest it came on air was on Sunday at 12 for mass and it must have been some Mass as it was scheduled for two and a half hours.
The country would have been well tucked away before midnight with the Late News generally well over by midnight. Interestingly the 6.01 news slot was An Nuacht with the News as Bearla at 6.40.
Some choice shows too in “An evening with Nana Mouskouri” and I’m sure I sat through “Brightly Ornamented Slovak Easter Eggs” on more than one occasion.